TEN Years of Guantanamo? Hell No!

By Debra Sweet

I wish all of you a happy new year.  Thanks to your hundreds of donations from $4 to $2500, the World Can't Wait fund raiser brought in close to $26,000 by December 31. We were able to speak with hundreds by phone and learned that how you value the work of World Can't Wait, and donate as an important way of being involved in it.

You can count on this work continuing, and on being asked for further donations! The goal -- to fund anti-war protests and the We Are Not Your Soldiers tour for 2011 is $64,000 by January 31.  I really appreciate that more of you have signed up to be monthly sustainers.  We can now do this directly through worldcantwait.net, instead of through Paypal.  Through our fiscal sponsor, Alliance for Global Justice, those of you who wish to have tax deductions can make monthy recurring donations.  Write me for help in arranging that. 

The year of resistance to the crimes of our government starts now!  As part of the protests marking the beginning of the tenth year of Guantanamo, we're pleased to announce that World Can't Wait is sponsoring Andy Worthington's east coast events January 6-12.  Andy is traveling from London.  Many of you have read his work on our site; he is the premier "expert" on the conditions of the detainees at Guantanamo. See his article below. Scroll down for list of events protesting Guantanamo.

Listen to Andy Worthington interviewed by Rob Kall on OpEdNews.

Earmark a donation to support Andy's visit during the Guantanamo protests of $50 or more, and receive a copy of his book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison.

Protest Guantanamo Events January 2011

(Invite your friends via Facebook)
Tuesday January 11, 10.30 am: 11-day Vigil and Fast for the Closure of Guantanamo begins outside The White House. 

10:30am - Gather @ the White House
11:00am – Press Conference @ the White House with the Center for Constitutional Rights and and other groups
11:45am – procession to the Department of Justice (goal of 173 people in jumpsuits)
12:15pm – arrive @ the Department of Justice
12:15pm – 1:00pm - Vigil & direct action

On the 9th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, anti-torture activists Witness Against Torture launch a Daily Vigil and Fast for Justice that will continue for 11 days and includes demonstrations throughout Washington D.C. The event on January 11 begins with a rally of a coalition of human rights and grassroots groups and individuals, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, The World Can’t Wait.

Thursday January 6, 7:30 pm: Panel discussion — “WikiLeaks, State Secrets, Guantánamo, Whistleblowers and Torture” with Andy Worthington, Katie Gallagher, Pardiss Kebriaei and other speakers.
The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets), New York, NY 10014.

Friday January 7, 7 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” followed by Q&A with Andy Worthington and Scott Horton.
Revolution Books, 146 West 26th Street (between 6th & 7th Ave.), New York, NY 10001.

Sunday January 9, 4 pm: World Can’t Wait open house to celebrate the New Year, new office, and to welcome Andy Worthington.  Contact World Can't Wait by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 866-973-4463.

Monday January 10, 7 pm: “War Is A Lie” book talk by David Swanson, with Andy Worthington. Cindy Sheehan, Debra Sweet.
Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins Bookstore, 3330 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD  War Is A Crime.

Tuesday January 11, 3.30-5 pm: Panel discussion — “Nine Years of Guantánamo: What Now?” with Andy Worthington, Tom Wilner, Morris Davis and Benjamin Wittes.  New America Foundation, 1899 L Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday January 11, 2-3pm in San Francisco. Action in support of DC protest at the 9th Circuit courthouse: silent circle with reading of the names of all the remaining Guantánamo detainees. 95 7th Street, San Francisco.

Tuesday January 11, 12-2pm in Los Angeles. Action in support of DC protest at the Westside Federal Building in Westwood: silent circle with reading of the names of all the remaining  Guantánamo detainees. 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024-3602.

Tuesday January 11, 3:30pm in New Orleans, orange jumpsuit protest at the Federal Building on Poydras.

Wednesday January 12, 12-1.30 pm: Panel discussion on the future of Guantánamo and accountabiity for torture with Andy Worthington, Juan Méndez and Leili Kashani, plus excerpts from “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.”  American University Washington College of Law, JD Lounge, 6th floor, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 25, 5:30 pm, Room 341, Lewis Center, DePaul University College of Law, 25 E. Jackson, Chicago by Amnesty International, World Can’t Wait, and DePaul Chapter of The National Lawyers Guild.

M. Cherif Bassiouni is a Distinguished Research Professor Law Emeritus at DePaul University. Candace Gorman is a civil rights/human rights lawyer in Chicago who has represented two Guantánamo detainees pro bono. Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait.  Ben Meyer is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and a practicing attorney.

This from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression:
Protest on Tuesday Jan. 25, 2011 

Take action now!

Show your solidarity with the nine newly subpoenaed activists who are being called before a grand jury in Chicago on January 25.

We are calling for protests on Jan. 25 across the country and around the world to show our solidarity. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of people will be protesting at Federal Buildings, FBI offices, and other appropriate places.




World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.